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    • Jón Adólf Steinólfsson artist was born in 1959 in Reykjavik. He expressed an interest in the art of woodcarving at an early age; however he didn’t fully embrace this craft until receiving a very special Christmas gift from his mother in 1987. He continued formal training under master woodcarvers at the School of Wood Carving from 1986 until 1995. A residency followed at the Geisler Moroder School of Carving in Austria in 1995. He then attended the Kopavogur Visual Arts College in Iceland from 1996 to 1999. Jon was privileged to study under and work beside acknowledged world-class master wood sculptor, teacher and author Ian Norbury at his studio in England from 1996-1999. While still an emerging artist, his work began to draw public and media attention early in his career. A few of his accomplishments include co-founding Iceland’s first woodcarving guild and acting as its president for many years.
    • Jon was also a sought out to create the award given to the winner of The Samfes Design Competition of fashion designers at their awards ceremony in Reykjavik, Iceland in 2004. In 2006, he received the Icelandic National Award for Work of the Year at the Craftsman Show in Hrafnagil. Jón shares his love of carving with others, having taught numerous woodcarving classes for students at all levels of expertise. He has organized and facilitated international master wood carvers to provide wood sculpting courses for his students. Later in his career he discovered stone sculpting and after several courses in Italy he now also works in Icelandic stone.
    • In addition to being part of private collections around the world, his work is on permanent public display in several spots in Iceland and the United States. His works has been exhibited in private and group exhibitions world wide for over two decades.

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